Notorious drug trader Jahir Ahmed and five others were arrested in Dhaka with over 200,000 yaba pills
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested six drug traders in Dhaka, including 60-year-old Jahir Ahmed, a notorious yaba trader based in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar.
Following a tip-off, a RAB 2 team arrested the drug traders with 207,100 yaba pills and Tk16.64 lakh in cash, from Dhaka's Elephant Road area on Wednesday night, RAB Legal and Media Wing Director, Mufti Mahmud Khan, said at a press briefing on Thursday.
The others arrested are: Faisal Ahmed, 31, Miraj Uddin Nishan, 21, Towfikul Islam alias Sani, 21, Sanjoy Chandra Halder, 20, and Mominul Alam, alias Momin, 30.
Speaking at the press briefing, the RAB official said Jahir was a yaba kingpin in Teknaf, running his illegal trade from his legitimate medicine shop front.
His wife, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law, are also directly involved in the trade, Mufti added.
At least 20-30 people are involved in Jahir's yaba business in different capacities, many of whom are his family members.
Jahir and his 28-year-old son Babu, who was arrested by the Department of Narcotics Control and is currently in prison, rented houses in different areas of Dhaka from where they ran their yaba dealings, the RAB director said.
Jahir's son-in-law, Abdul Amin, and his brother Nurul Amin, are on the list of drug traders prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs, according to the elite law enforcement agency.
Jahir's syndicate also involves some drivers and helpers in the road transport sector, as well as two courier service employees,, RAB learnt during their investigation.
According to Mufti Mahmud, during his interrogation Jahir revealed that a member of his syndicate, Burmia Alam, is a Myanmar representative of yaba producers and lives in Maungdaw.
Burmia smuggles yaba from Maungdaw across the Naf River to Teknaf, where he has another house, Jahir told RAB.
Burmia then delivers the yaba consignment to Teknaf's Nazirpara or Jaliapara areas, from where Abdul Amin, Nurul Amin, and Jahir's associate Momin, one of the arrested,would collect the yaba.
The Bangladesh side of the traders then transport it to Dhaka or Cox's Bazar using various transport and courier services, Jahir told RAB.
They hide yaba in electrical equipment, such as fans, washing machines, ACs etc, Jahir said.
The 207,100 yaba pills that were seized during Jahir's arrest had been brought in to Dhaka stashed inside two ACs and cartons of fans about a week ago, the RAB director quoted Jahir as saying.
Mufti Mahmud said, among the arrested, Faisal is a senior bank official who got involved in the yaba trade after becoming addicted three years ago. Miraj, a computer science student, is also a yaba addict, and introduced Momin to the others.
During interrogation, Towfikul, one of the arrested who is a management student, told RAB he was introduced to Momin by Miraj, and he introduced Miraj to Sanjoy.
Mufti Mahmud said they had collected valuable information from the arrested, information which is currently being verified.
“We will continue our investigation to find the others involved in Jahir's trade,” he added.